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The importance of depositions when facing state charges

If you're facing state charges, regardless of whether for misdemeanor or felony offenses, then you're likely going up against a prosecutor who wants nothing more than to obtain a conviction. This means that they are going to do everything they can to build their case. They will leave no stone unturned in their effort to find evidence of guilt, which can put you in a difficult position. However, you can take the same steps prosecutors do in order to protect yourself as fully as possible.

What is a plea negotiation?

Criminal defense guidance should always be sought from Butler-based legal professionals who actively work in the state and federal criminal defense field of law. The following post will briefly discuss the legal concept of plea negotiations and how they may be used during a criminal defendant's trial prep and defense planning. However, the information provided herein should not serve as a substitute for individual legal advice.

What is the difference between simple and aggravated assault?

Though the terms simple battery and aggravated assault exist in criminal law in Pennsylvania, the truth is that there is nothing simple about it. If someone is found guilty of these crimes, they may find themselves facing serious penalties that can impact the rest of their life.

Former NFL player stabbed, but faces domestic assault charge

When there is a domestic dispute in Pennsylvania, it is possible that people will be seriously injured and the circumstances will be difficult to decipher. If a person is hurt so severely that he or she needs to be hospitalized, that individual might seem to be the obvious victim, but that person could end up being arrested and confronted with various charges. With an unusual situation of unfortunate violence in a home, those arrested must consider the long-term consequences they will face and have a legal defense.

What is a criminal charge of "organized retail theft"?

Many Pennsylvania residents might associate the word "theft" with someone simply taking something that does not belong to them. That could be an article of clothing, a motor vehicle, electronic equipment and just about anything else. If a person faces allegations of committing theft, there will be charges and penalties that can be serious if the value of the item that was taken reaches a certain level. Another aspect of theft is "organized retail theft." Understanding this specific law and the potential consequences for a conviction is an integral part of an effective criminal defense.

Fast food workers face assault charges after fight

In Pennsylvania and across the United States, there are frequently videos on social media making light of physical altercations in fast food restaurants. While many might be amused, it is certainly not funny if people are injured and there are assault charges. A conviction for assault and battery can result in long-term penalties, including jail time and fines. There can be problems after the sentence has been served, as these charges can rise to the felony level and might follow the person in all aspects of life. Oftentimes, these are individuals who are in their late-teens and just starting out in life.

What acts will lead to state charges for robbery in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania residents might have a basic understanding of the terms "theft" and "robbery," but may be unsure of what acts will result in these allegations and charges. Given the potentially serious penalties a person will face if there is a conviction on state charges for robbery, it is important to understand when these charges will be filed.

Allegations of theft of funds leads to arrest of local teacher

Schools in Butler and throughout Pennsylvania often have money allocated for extracurricular activities, like sports. Teachers have access to this money. In some cases, if a certain amount goes missing, there may be allegations that a teacher or other school administrator stole it. When there is an arrest on these types of charges, it can have long-term consequences in a personal and professional way.

Man faces vehicle theft and assault charges after biting officer

People who are arrested for crimes in Butler and across Pennsylvania could find themselves in difficult circumstances with major allegations and the possibility of extensive penalties. Vehicle theft is a serious charge, but when that is compounded by resisting arrest and assault charges on a law enforcement officer, the person will face the prospect of a significant jail sentence. People arrested on these or similar allegations should be aware of their options for formulating a comprehensive defense strategy.

What if you are arrested for allegations of criminal mischief?

In Pennsylvania, there are certain legal terms that are obvious and easy to understand when a person is arrested and faces a criminal charge. For example, if a person is arrested for theft, the charge is relatively self-explanatory. However, other charges can be more confusing as to what it specifically entails. An example of this is "criminal mischief." There are many acts that will lead to criminal mischief charges and those who are facing these allegations must know what they are since this is a vital part of formulating a strong defense and potentially avoiding the penalties for a conviction.

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